Ascent of Fortification Hill on 2011-12-30

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Ali Haghi
James Cho
Date:Friday, December 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Fortification Hill
    Elevation:3717 ft / 1132 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my first time starting at the trailhead (usually I had stopped where the sign indicated a 4x4 was recommended). I'm not sure a 4x4 is really needed as the road isn't rocky or too sandy, but the ground is loose enough that I would worry a passenger car might get stuck.

The trail is much better now, and it should be easy even for a novice to follow. As mentioned in an earlier report, there are two trails initially- one in the wash, and one on the ridge. I recommend the wash as the ridge gains and looses extra elevation, and more importantly it has steeper grades with loose rocks and sand.

There is a very brief section of upper class 2/lower class 3, but other than that it is all class 1.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1420 ft / 432 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Trailhead:Trailhead  2297 ft / 700 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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